[CR] Week in Review

The early part of summer 2010 has seen some bizarre alcohol-related trends receive attention in the national media, from “vodka eyeballing” to the latest “icing” craze that is sweeping across college campuses. On Tuesday, J. David Goodman of the New York Times took a closer look at the “icing” trend and wondered if this new drinking game is really nothing more than a clever marketing campaign. Check out his story for more details, and then catch up on the rest of these headlines.

Stories this week:

After finding an intoxicated student sprawled out on his lawn one afternoon after a fall football game, Tufts University President and Amethyst Initiative signatory Lawrence Bacow adopted a one-on-one approach to combating toxic drinking on his campus, according to Tracy Jan of the Boston Globe. The Globe editors praised his efforts, writing, “Bacow meets with every Tufts student who receives medical treatment for alcohol-related problems during the school year. The session is not meant to punish or embarrass, but to try to get students to understand the inherent dangers of excessive drinking.” What do you think?

Eric Morris, a contributor to the New York Times’ “Freakonomics” blog, wrote about the effectiveness of laws that intend to curb alcohol-related problems by limiting its availability, and Legal Age 21 was one such policy which he discussed. Check out his post to find out where he stands on these types of policies and then send him some feedback.

Jens Manuel Krogstad of the Des Moines Register examined some data from the Iowa Board of Regents and noted that the number of alcohol-related offenses during the first quarter of 2010 is up 42% over the same period as last year. This increase comes despite the fact that this is “a time when universities across the country are attempting to curb underage and binge drinking among students.” In a follow-up blog post, he noted that the increase may be caused by a spike in alcohol-related offenses by nonstudents.

In other news…

Off—premise alcohol retailers in Indiana will now be required by state law to check the legal photo identification of all customers, regardless of age, according to a Join Together report from earlier this week. The new law was put into place after a police sting operation that found approximately 25% of underage drinkers were able to obtain alcohol illegally from convenience stores and gas stations.

Two fraternity members at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo have been sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to hazing charges in connection with the alcohol-related death of 18 year-old Carson Starkey in December of 2008. Starkey passed away after a night of binge drinking at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. The Austin American Statesman reported that the cases against two other fraternity members are still pending.

More news from the Hawkeye State: Iowa City’s 21-only bar ordinance went into effect ten days ago, and the Press-Citizen and the Associated Press have reports about the results of enforcement efforts so far.

Did we miss something in this week’s roundup? Send us a link in the comments.

3 Responses to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its important components. Tufts University is doing a good thing by talking to students who have been disciplined because of alcohol. Eric Morris should know that the ageist drinking age doesn’t encourage responsibility so it’s not a solution. Indiana is increasing oppression by mandating that all customers for alcohol be identified. I condemn the law which Iowa City passed to prohibit those 18-20 from entering bars; shame on that city.

  2. KenM Says:

    This is a video just released by the French government on teenage drunk driving. I was asked at a dinner party here in Paris last night if I thought It would work in the United States. I said I don’t even know if it will work in France. You don’t have to understand the French to understand the message. It is very well done.


    What do you think?

  3. Marshall Says:

    I think the problem with that video is that it shows a lot of irresponsibility before the accident. Many teens and adults will say, “Well, I’d never dream of driving after doing shots all night long…but after a few beers isn’t a big deal.”

    Marshall Guthrie
    Western Oregon University